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    A Dickens' Phrase

    I've been reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol. There I found the phrase "Out upon Merry Christmas". I take it to be some sort of indignant refusal, but I would like to know its exact meaning.

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    Re: A Dickens' Phrase

    There's probably some context for that.

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    Re: A Dickens' Phrase

    not a teacher

    Used as an exclamation like this, "Out upon…" is an archaic form "expressing abhorrence or reproach" (Shorter Oxford Dictionary).

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    Re: A Dickens' Phrase

    Down with Christmas might be a more modern way of expressing disapproval for the holiday.

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    ....Although Scrooge might have put it more strongly: ‘To <expletive-deleted> with Christmas!‘

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    Or just <expletive-deleted> Christmas!

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    Re: A Dickens' Phrase

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    Or just <expletive-deleted> Christmas!
    Yes - I was thinking of a noun but a verb would do as well

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    Re: A Dickens' Phrase

    I was cutting to the f*****g chase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I was cutting to the f*****g chase.
    At a biker convention that would be perfectly twerking acceptable.

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